Future Craft Lesson Pictures
POLYMER CLAY CHANUKAH DREIDELS
The tops have 4 Hebrew Letters.
Shin, Nun, Gimel & Hay.
Standing for A GREAT MIRACLE HAPPENED THERE.
In Israel the letters change to A Great Miracle happened here.
When the Temple In Jerusalem was destroyed.
The Jews returned to light the eternal Lamp and the oil lasted for 8 days instead of one.
See my Clay page for rules of handling polymer clay.
For more Chanukah craft ideas see ShalomBoston.com's Chanukah edition 2000.
It features an article I wrote.
Look for a Chanukah 2001 article.
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Size of dreidel is up to you or your budget.
The aluminum foil helps to cut down cost of dreidel and makes it lighter to play with. (More Fragile?)
Take aluminum foil and rip off a large sheet about 12 inches long.
Squeeze into ball and move some of the foil into the stem.
Flatten into 4 sided square and leave a point on bottom of form.
Roll out the white Sculpey or use Pasta Machine in a sheet 1/4 inch thich and big enough to cover the aluminum foil.
Flaten the dreidel until you have 4 flat sides.
Add Cane slices until the white is covered.
Roll in your hand to smooth the canes together.
Take polymer clay scraps and roll into thin snakes and form the letters.
Press gently one on each side.
Bake on parchment paper. (See clay package for temperatures.)
Optional: After cooling, Brush on Gold powder carefully. (A little goes a long way.)
Brush on Sculpey glaze: Matte, Gloss. Or use Future Floor Wax.
The same technique can be made in minature for dreidel charms for necklaces and earrings.
It is very hard though to make two perfectly matched ones for earrings... but it is possible.
Before baking put jewelry metal pin with loop into clay.
Jump ring can be added after baking.
Dreidels can have themes too!
Canes of one type can be used.
I did a great one with all face canes.
The commercial canes come in many different designs: Flowers, frogs, rainbows etc.. Have fun!
COMING SOON HOW TO MAKE FILAGREE CLAY DREIDEL JEWELRY!
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